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News and Newspapers: How to Find Newspaper Articles

Locating Newspapers

Current copies of several major newspapers can be found on the first floor of the Main Library.  Consult the library catalog for titles and location information of international newspapers currently being received.

The Main Library also has back files of majors U.S. and International newspapers on microfilm. Other newspapers on file, but not currently received, are listed in InfoHawk+.

Many current issues of newspapers are available on the Web. A few sites provide some full-text archives of older issues, but many publishers will charge a subscription or user fee. Direct links to current issues of Iowa newspapers and a selection of major newspapers are available through this guide.

You may also search Electronic Journals A-Z for electronic access to individual newspaper titles available through the UI Libraries.

Selection and Locating an Index

Many newspapers are not available in full text; therefore you will need to use an index or another reference source and then refer to the microfilm. Indexes are available in electronic and print formats. Ask a librarian for help in selecting an appropriate index.

Print Indexes - Print indexes are located in the Main Reference Area, Index shelves, first floor, west.

The leading indexes include:

         The New York Times Index (1851 to date)

         The Times Index (London) (1785 to date)

         The Christian Science Monitor Index (1960 to date)

         The Wall Street Journal Index (1955 to date)

The New York Times Index

The most comprehensive newspaper index is that of The New York Times. This newspaper has broad coverage of national affairs, world politics, commerce and finance, education, book reviews, sports, science, art, theater, music, agriculture, military affairs, religion, etc. It often prints full text of national and international documents, communiques, bills, laws and speeches. The New York Times is compiled from the Late City Edition of The New York Times - the same edition that is microfilmed. Full text access is available in a number of databases.

The print version of The New York Times  Index (for issues from 1851-) summarizes and classifies news alphabetically and chronologically under subjects and under names of persons and organizations. It is shelved in the Newspaper Index section, Main Reference.

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